Are we alike in that the idea of drinking powdered greens kind of scares you? Powdered greens (and reds) have been taking over the health and wellness community to help assist in getting in your daily servings of fruits and veggies. But are Ghost Greens any good? Are they even good for you?
We took a look into those questions and some additional related questions to find out about Ghost Greens for ourselves!
What is the purpose of Ghost Greens?
In a nutshell, Ghost created its own product packed with greens and reds to help supplement your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
How many servings of vegetables are in Ghost Greens?
Ghost Greens are made with 10 different Super Greens in one scoop (skip ahead to read more on that). But as far as how many servings of real vegetables that equals? That’s more difficult to answer.
Supplements should never fully replace the real deal. You should still be aiming to eat 2-3 cups of real vegetables a day. But all in all, a scoop of powdered greens a day can potentially help boost your health and help you reach your daily vegetable intake.
But what does Ghost Greens taste like?
If you are highly skeptical of powdered greens then I think you and I will have similar thoughts on Ghost Greens. Ok so the smell of any greens powder is an immediate off putting (nauseating) smell to me and Ghost Greens is no exception. I highly suggest you drink your greens with a straw so that the smell doesn’t keep you from getting your nutrients down.
All that aside, I truly never thought I would say this but I am a fan of drinking Ghost’s powdered greens! I tried the Guava Berry flavor and it leads with a sugary, green tea taste. There is a subtle, and I do mean subtle, hint of something gross as you’re drinking it but the sugary taste overpowers it almost immediately.
A lot of times towards the end of a powdered drink, you get to the dregs of the cup and it has an awful chalky quality to it. That hasn’t been the case for me when drinking Ghost Greens. It does an excellent job of dissolving in water so you don’t have to deal with that unpleasant texture.
Ghost recommends you mix a scoop of their greens with 8-10 oz. of water. Personally, I usually mix it with 10 oz. to ensure that it is diluted and dissolved. All I do to dissolve the water is stir it quickly for a few seconds with my straw. No hand whisk necessary! You will find that there is a noticeably more sugary taste if you mix the powder with 8 oz. of water though. So if you’d prefer to mask the taste with the ultimate amount of sugary taste, then use less water.
What exactly is in Ghost Greens?
It’s fairly easy to know what’s inside each Ghost product as they pride themselves on their extensive, full disclosure labeling. We found that out when we dove in to our favorite Ghost protein flavor. From the fruits and vegetables to the gut health, each ingredient is broken down on the label. But you may have some specific questions about what an ingredient even is so we decided to dive into it more.
For this breakdown, we are referencing the Guava Berry flavor of greens.
What sort of tasty greens are you ingesting with one scoop of Ghost? Each serving gets you some:
- Kale Powder: produced from the source
- Organic Matcha: finely ground green tea leaves that studies have linked to a variety of health benefits
- Organic Wheat Grass: can aid in helping with digestion and bloating
- Organic Spirulina: a type of blue-green algae that is rich in vitamins like E, C and B6
- Organic Cracked Cell Wall Chlorella: this is a type of algae with even more vitamins and minerals than spirulina and also a source of omega-3
- Organic Barely Grass: a natural antioxidant and source of fiber
- Organic Oat Grass: another antioxidant that can potentially soothe muscle cramps
- Organic Alfalfa Grass: high in vitamins and minerals but use with caution
- Broccoli Powder: produced from the source
- Organic Astragalus: has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
For specific amounts of each ingredient, you can refer to the nutrition label directly on Ghost’s website.
When it comes to the Reds, a lot of these powders may sound more familiar to you. Because of that, we only highlighted the few unique powders and described their purpose.
- Acai Juice Powder, Pomegranate Juice Powder, Blueberry Juice Powder, Cranberry Powder
- Jabuticaba Powder: claims to have strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties
- Camu Camu Juice Powder: has been know to be used for medicinal purposes and high in Vitamin C
- Aronia Fruit Powder: another antioxidant with fiber and Vitamin C as well
- Organic Noni 5:1: another superfruit high in Vitamin C, iron and fiber
- Organic Goji Berry Powder
Again, for the specific amounts of each ingredient, please refer to the nutrition label on Ghost’s website.
Spectra™ Total ORAC Blend
Here is where the research gets pretty intense, quickly. The very, very short and sweet version of what Spectra Total ORAC Blend even is, is that it’s a super strong antioxidant.
What does that mean?
Basically Spectra claims to slow down the production of free radicals, which are unstable atoms or molecules that have the ability to cause damage to your body through aging or disease. But does it work? Some studies suggest so.
There is a ton of information out there about it. So if you have more questions, we recommend you do some digging to learn more!
Ghost has you covered with the gut. Each serving of their greens gives you a dose of inulin (a natural prebiotic that comes from chicory root), a ton of probiotics (10 billion CFUs) and BioCore® Optimum Complete (a digestive enzyme to help your body break down what you eat).
Last but certainly not least, we have to talk about what Ghost adds to make their greens so sweet. On the label, they list organic whole leaf Stevia extract and monk fruit as the last ingredients on the list. Typically, the lower the ingredient is on the list, the less there is in the product. I don’t know if that applies here but it is still good to call out.
For any and all other ingredients I may have missed, check out Ghost’s extensive label for their greens on their packaging or on their website.
Ghost Greens vs Athletic Greens
Hands down, Ghost Greens is sweeter. But Ghost also has a strong tea flavor, which may deter someone who isn’t a fan of tea. As for Athletic Greens, it’s still sweet but leans more towards a fruit juice category.
Apart from taste, the other main difference is how the two powders mix in water. The Ghost product mixes more completely than Athletic Greens, so you don’t get that chalky residue at the bottom of your glass. When you’re drinking Athletic Greens, you almost notice the textured consistency unlike with Ghost.
But as someone who is not fully educated on the greens making process, I have no idea if a finer powder means more of the nutrients have been “processed out” or not. So that would be something I would love to know but couldn’t find a ton of research on.
Do Ghost Greens have probiotics?
Ghost’s powdered greens (and reds) have a total of 115mg of probiotics (providing 10 billion CFUs) in each serving. These probiotics are mainly driven by DE111 which is a probiotic strain that has been clinically tested for immune and digestive health benefits.
Is Ghost Greens keto friendly?
One scoop of Ghost Greens totals 4g Net Carbs, which is fairly low (and the same amount as Athletic Greens). It also has 1g of sugar per serving and that sugar comes from organic whole leaf Stevia extract and monk fruit. Both Stevia and monk fruit are known to be keto friendly sugars.
But the brand does not make any specific claims to be keto friendly. Therefore, we can only hypothesis that it is keto friendly as all the nutritional facts and ingredients point to yes. So if you have the extra carbs available to fit a scoop of Ghost Greens into your diet you can always test it for yourself!
Where to buy Ghost Greens?
I purchased my container at our local GNC store but as with most things, you can also get it delivered to your door with Amazon. If those places are out of stock, you can always check out Ghost’s website but be aware that shipping costs can apply.
Before you go, one last thing to note is that there is a disclaimer on the packaging that says the product is not to be consumed by under 16 year olds or pregnant women. Because this product (and the majority of greens powders) have not been tested on pregnant women, it is a legal cautionary statement.
Hopefully we answered all of your Ghost Greens questions today but if you have some more, let us know! Or have you also been eyeballing Ghost’s protein powders or curious which flavor to try next? We have a whole post that goes over what Ghost protein powders are the best, so go check that out!